Do we think this is M$ attempt into the Telephony Market?
BBC News - Microsoft confirms takeover of Skype
I wish i Had £5.2 billion to spend!
It's a cheap price to pay for 600-odd million users. Just glad I don't use Skype - another great tool about to be ****ed up by Microshaft.
Blooming heck. Never saw that one coming :-s
and the Sale's now gone through: Official: Microsoft buys Skype for $8.5bn ? The Register
...that was quick!
what other VoIP Services are there other then skype - seeing as microshaft are going to make it go down the swanny that I can use on OS X ?
mac_shinobi (10th May 2011)
If you look at the SEC IPO filing, the most recent numbers (Dec 2010) are as follows:
* 663M registered accounts
* 145M connected users
* 8M paying users
Amendment No 2 To The Registration Statement On Form S-1/A
Want to merge chat windows / dialogs, easy enough on adium as the windows merge / snap together and you get tabs , msn for mac you just get a different window for each person you chat with and takes up screen estate which is a pita.
What is ichat like?
Could go either way, on one hand they just bought the #1 player in the VOIP market and are now in a perfect position to sabotage Skype for the success of their own IM and calling services. But on the other hand, if they are smart, could look towards linking Skype up to the Windows Live service for cross network VOIP/IM. If I could log in to MSN and communicate with my contacts on Skype instead of having two clients running, it'd be great.
With a bit of thought, this does actually make a great deal of sense. Skype has infrastucture and Microsoft has technologies, and with a new version of Windows apparently due late next year it would make sense for Microsoft to bring telephony to it's O/S as a standard feature. Coupled with several of their Lync/Exchange technologies such as voicemail/email integration, the ability to sell a fixed telephone number to a user and their next O/S will provide users with their entire home communications systems in a portable (if installed on a laptop) platform that only requires an internet connection. If they can sell this service for less than the phone companies charge for a phone connection per month then they will be onto a winner from not only businesses but an increasingly mobile younger market (obviously there will still be a 'free' version). I suspect Microsoft were really after Skypes infrastructure and services rather than their technologies and I think this could be a really interesting feature for any future version of Windows, but we shall have to wait and see.
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